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Andrea Buben works on her shot Tuesday afternoon at the Duncan gym.

Michael Pineda
The Duncan Banner

For some athletes, preparation doesn’t take a day off.

Duncan graduate Andrea Buben is coming off a season that she terms disappointing. Injuries and a new coach prevented Buben from having the type of season that she wanted. But with her senior year quickly approaching, it is time to get back to work.

Tuesday evening, Buben was in the DHS Gymnasium working out and getting ready to return to Wichita Falls next month where she will rejoin her teammates.

“I’m taking summer classes and doing my own workouts,” Buben said. “Each day I have been running, lifting and shooting. Soon my coach will send me a manual and I will start on that workout.

“Most of the team will stay this summer, taking classes and working out. It took after the season for us to mesh together. I really saw an improvement over the way that we played with each other and I hope it carries over into next year.”

This past season, Midwestern State posted an 8-18 record. Buben started in 24 games and finished the season third on the team in scoring with 8.7 points per game despite battling injuries. Her performance was good enough to earn All-Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention.

At the beginning of the season, Buben injured her back and then had a concussion midway through the year. By the time the end of the season came around, Buben was working through tendinitis, something that she has had to do since her junior year of high school. All the while she was having to deal with the rigors of a losing season.

“Mentally it was such a tough season that I felt like I was coasting at the end of the year and I wasn’t playing to my potential,” Buben said. “It definitely had its ups and downs, it didn’t end like I wanted it to. This year was definitely a learning process.”

One of the reasons that Buben feels the team was able to come together in offseason workouts was that it became a looser group on the court. The team was able to relax and play.

“If we did something wrong, we would have to run and the girls did not want to make the mistake that would make us run,” Buben said. “It made everybody tense. Without the coaches around, everybody loosened up and played to their potential.”

With the team another year older and head coach Noel Johnson entering her second year as a head coach, Buben is optimistic that the team can turn it around in her final season.

“I’m going to make the best of it,” Buben said. “I always try to have fun and you want your senior year to go well, no matter what happens.”

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